According to foreign media, a court in Brazil has imposed a fine of one hundred million Brazilian rupees on the American technology company Apple for not including battery chargers with new iPhone models.
In its decision, the court said that battery chargers should also be included with the new iPhone models sold in the country. The case was filed by the Consumers and Taxpayers Association, which argued that the company was selling its new product without a charger.
Apple initially claimed that its move to remove chargers from packaging was to reduce e-waste and carbon emissions caused by spare chargers.
However, the court said in its judgment that it is clear that under the pretext of ‘green initiative’, the company imposed an additional burden on consumers to purchase a charger, which was initially supplied with the product. However, the company has said in its statement that it will file an appeal against this recent decision.
It may be recalled that just last month, the Brazilian government fined technology giant Apple nearly Rs 18 crore for not including a charger, while it was also claimed that the company was providing an incomplete product to its customers.
Brazil’s justice ministry banned the sale of the iPhone 12 and other variants at the time, claiming the company was deliberately not packaging the chargers in the box and ‘deliberately discriminating against consumers’. has been
The Ministry of Justice said there was no evidence that removing the charger would protect the environment.